Obtaining patient-specific point model of the human ilium bone in the case of incomplete volumetric data using the method of parametric regions

  • Miroslav Trajanovic
  • Milica Tufegdzic
  • Stojanka Arsic
Scientific Paper


In this paper, we present the methodology for determining the point model of the ilium bone in cases when volumetric data of the whole bone are not available. An extreme traumatic bone damage, osteoporosis, destruction of bone tissue by malignant bone tumors or the existence of only 2D medical image (X-ray) can be the reason for the lack of complete volumetric data. Points on the bone surface were defined at the curves that run through 26 previously defined parameters, at the edges of anteroposterior (A–P) and lateral projections and at the parts of the surface between some parameters. Those parts of the surface, enclosed by parameters, represent ten parametric regions. The values of coordinates, which represent the input data in the statistical program, were measured in a uniquely defined coordinate system. After establishing the correlations between the values of coordinates, 8869 different linear and nonlinear regression models were obtained. The prediction values for point coordinates were calculated and exported to a CAD program. Results obtained were tested on a randomly chosen male right ilium bone, applying the methodology for creating the prediction model using the method of parametric regions, which allows creating a complete polygonal model, for each region separately or just for some parts of the region. Results obtained in the form of regression equations for the right ilium bone can be applied to the left ilium bone. The results of the research were verified using a comparative deviation and distance analysis between the initial and obtained polygonal models.


Human ilium bone Polygonal model Regression model 3D model Parametric region 



The paper is part of the project III41017 - Virtual human osteoarticular system and its application in preclinical and clinical practice, sponsored by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology development of the Republic of Serbia for the period 2011–2017.

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The authors declare that there is no conflict of interest regarding the publication of this paper.

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All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the Medical University of Warsaw and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department for Production, IT and Management, Faculty of Mechanical EngineeringUniversity of NisNisSerbia
  2. 2.Department for Mechanical EngineeringThe First Technical SchoolKrusevacSerbia
  3. 3.Department of Anatomy, Faculty of Medicine NisUniversity of NisNisSerbia

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